Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).

Snackable, giftable, and of course, breakfastable…I love opening my pantry and seeing a container of homemade granola inside! I’ve been using this granola recipe since my friend Rach first made it when we were roommates. It’s super easy to make, and you can use whatever add-ins you like. This version has a couple different kinds of nuts, and shredded coconut, since I almost always have those around! Continue reading “Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).”

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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.

Chewy chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars taste like a candy bar, but are full of healthy ingredients!

These chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars bring me great joy. They taste a lot like a candy bar, but they’re full of healthy stuff (oats! flax! nuts!) and aren’t nearly as indulgent as that blanket of chocolate makes them look. They’re chewy, peanut buttery, sweet and salty, and I keep running out of the ingredients because I can’t.stop.making.them. Continue reading “Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.”

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Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.

Salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark is the perfect crunchy bite to satisfy your fall sweet tooth!

I think it’s a food blog rule that you have to post “pumpkin something” the first week of fall. But I already shared my favorite, favorite pumpkin bread…and last year I skipped pumpkin completely and brought you this perfectly dense, cinnamon-y apple cake. So now we have salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark…and oh my word. It’s addictive. Continue reading “Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.”

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Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.

Healthy banana applesauce muffins are light, fluffy, and whole wheat!

Confession: shortly after I posted this whole wheat banana bread recipe, I tried another, similar recipe from Cookie & Kate – and I liked it a teeny bit better. So with a slightly guilty conscience, I kinda sorta switched to usually making that one. Continue reading “Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.”

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5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.

When I gave up my ice-cream-every-night habit, I had to replace it with something. We try to eat dinner as a family at 5:30, and I’m just not going to make it to bedtime without a snack most nights. And especially at first, it was hard not to cave and have the sweet treat I was craving. Enter: real food snacks. Continue reading “5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.”

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Paleo Granola.

a piece of paleo granola

Our new neighborhood has a pool, and it’s really fun to be able to walk there with the girls! It only takes a few minutes, but somehow on the way home everyone suddenly realizes they’re comPLETELY starving and can’t possibly obey basic safety rules/sit in the stroller/survive. So pool snacks have become a must for us. (It also helps ease the pain of getting out of the pool if there’s an applesauce squeezy pack and a bag of paleo granola with your name on it!) Continue reading “Paleo Granola.”

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Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).

pita pizza

We have officially completed Phase 1 of our move! Everything we own* is out of our house and in storage, and we’ve moved in with friends in Raleigh. Eventually we’ll be house/dog-sitting for them, but for now we’re just taking up a lot of their space. Phase 2 is a teeeeny rental place in Wilmington that I’m optimistically referring to as our “vacation house”, where we’ll be until we can move into our actual new house (c’mon, Phase 3!).

*except for the piles.upon.piles of things that 2 adults, 1 kid, 1 baby and 1 dog need for a couple of weeks of nomadic living

Even if your kitchen isn’t packed into boxes, there are days you need dinner to be extra easy. I’m compiling a few “faster than fast food” meal ideas for ya – it’s even a new category on the Recipes page! Continue reading “Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).”

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

chocolate chip granola bars

I love to bake, but lack the self-control to have homemade sweets around on a regular basis. (Oh, I’m in the kitchen, it must be time for a snack to hack off another piece of this cake/snitch another cookie/try not to let the kids see that I’m chewing something….)  That’s why I’m so into zucchini snack cake and breakfast cookies, since they’re healthier (lower in sugar and more filling, at least!) but still fun to bake. When I mentioned my granola-bar-making woes, one of my readers pointed me to these chocolate chip granola bars from Weelicious (thank you, Lindsay, from the bottom of my heart!), and I’ve been making them ever since! Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.”

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